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Student Life


The University is committed to the concept of student growth and development through active participation in the University's living and learning environment. Students will maintain and develop their physical and mental health, sense of self-worth, ability to work with and lead others, understanding of citizenship obligations, concern for the cam-pus environment, ability to think critically and ethically, and a sense of belonging to the University and global communities. To foster development of these qualities, a comprehensive range of programs and services has been designed for students to encourage full participation in the life of the University; to promote intellectual development, leadership, and civic responsibility; and to contribute to personal growth.


OFFICE • 100 Raphael Semmes Road
TELEPHONE • 225-578-1627
FAX • 225-578-1504

The African American Cultural Center (AACC) implements educational, cultural, and social activities that acknowledge and address the needs of African American students at LSU. Through programmatic efforts, the center also provides a venue for all students to learn about the African American culture, heritage, and traditions thereby striving to create a better knowledge and understanding of the African American experience.

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OFFICE • 350 LSU Student Union
TELEPHONE • 225-578-5160
FAX • 225-578-9311

The mission of Campus Life is to enhance student learning through innovative initiatives focused on involvement, leadership, and service that enrich the LSU experience. Campus Life supports these innovative initiatives through leadership development, activities, student organizations and volunteerism.

Activities - With a professional programming staff to advise its members, Student Activities Board and Tigers After 10 Commission seek to educate and entertain the campus while developing the newest generation of student leaders on campus. Whether it is musical performances, hot topics, popular culture, or exposure to cultural events and different cultures, students can always find something to do on campus.

Volunteerism - With its campus and community service programs and networking opportunities, Volunteer LSU is the heart of student volunteer efforts. The student leaders of Volunteer LSU coordinate major campus service traditions, like Community Bound each fall. New service initiatives each semester are focused areas such as youth programs, disaster relief and emergency preparedness, Baton Rouge restoration and beautification, civic and social awareness, and health and wellness outreach.

Campus Involvement and Student Organizations - With more than 350 registered student organizations, there is a place for every LSU student to be involved at LSU. This area provides the oversight, support, and training for student organizations. For the most up-to-date list of student organizations, visit

Leadership Development - Leadership development is an integral part of a student's success at LSU. In Campus Life, staff and students implement campus-wide leadership development programs to enhance the academic experiences of the student body. This area includes hosting leadership development programs, coordinating leadership conferences, and providing specific training for individuals who wish to become campus leaders.

Through these experiences, Campus Life intends to assist students to become well rounded individuals, both inside and outside of the classroom. Through these experiences, Campus Life intends to assist students to become well-rounded individuals, both inside and outside of the classroom.

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OFFICE • B-4 Coates Hall (Student Services); 1502 Patrick F. Taylor Hall (Employment Services)
TELEPHONE • 225-578-1548 (Student Services); 225-578-2162 (Employment Services)
FAX • 225-578-8927 (Student Services); 225-578-3076 (Employment Services)

The mission of Career Services is to assist students and alumni in choosing careers, obtaining career-related work experiences while in school, developing job search skills, and securing employment or admission to graduate or professional school.

Career Decision Making provides assistance in self-assessment for the purpose of planning a career. Services include choosing the right major and career; career testing and interpretation; specialized programming for first-year students; and the Career Information Center.

Experiential Education combines academic study with on-the-job, career-related work experience. Cooperative education programs, internships, summer jobs, part-time jobs, and volunteer opportunities are all offered to assist students in this area.

Job Search teaches lifelong skills in finding employment. Services available include individual appointments, addressing résumés, cover letters, networking interview and job search strategies.

Employment Services connects students and alumni with employers. Careers2Geaux, the On-Campus Interviewing Program, one-day interviewing programs, résumé referrals, Tiger Network and other recruiting and networking events are all available for the benefit of students and alumni.

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OFFICE • B31 Coates Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-2872
FAX • 225-578-2696

The Center for Academic Success (CAS), named the Outstanding Learning Center in the Nation in 2004, is the central learning center at LSU for students interested in learning efficiency and effectiveness. Because tutoring is not just for students who are "in trouble," the CAS offers resources that help all students maximize their experience at LSU, from first year through graduate and professional school. The CAS faculty and staff take a cognitive science-based approach to assisting students with creative and personalized strategies to ensure their academic success.

Free resources available to LSU students include:

  • A nationally recognized Web site with information on effective learning strategies and time management tools at that provides online learning style self-tests and learning strategies workshops (, and consultations and workshops on learning strategies.
  • Tutorial centers and collaborative study groups:
    • Biology/Chemistry Tutorial Center in Coates 263
    • Mathematics Tutorial Center in B29 Allen Hall
    • Physics Tutorial Center in 102 Nicholson
    • Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions for group study in targeted sections of introductory level courses, such as biology and chemistry

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OFFICE • 116 Johnston Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-9442
FAX • 225-578-9441

The Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS) is composed of units that provide direct support to LSU students and assist in promoting involvement, leadership development, a responsible and respectful campus community, and students’ long-term success. The departments within ODOS are Campus Life, Disability Services, Greek Life, Student Advocacy and Accountability, and advising and financial administrative support for Student Government.

Student Government is the officially recognized student organization that represents student interests, promotes student involvement in decision making, and promotes the general welfare of the LSU student body.

ODOS fosters collaboration with constituents throughout campus to maximize student success and to create a supportive learning environment. In addition to facilitating student development and responsibility, staff members also serve as advocates for student interests. LSU values its students and strives to provide a variety of programs, services, and experiences that meets students' needs. Our vision is to empower students to be engaged and responsible contributors to campus and the global community. LSU’s commitment to community serves as a guiding document to assist the entire LSU campus in having pride in our institution and respecting the people who faithfully commit to the principles within the commitment to community.

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OFFICE • 111A Johnston Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-5919 (voice); 225-578-2600 (TDD)
FAX • 225-578-4560

The Office of Disability Services assists students in identifying and developing accommodations and services to help over-come barriers to the achievement of personal and academic goals. Services are provided for students with temporary or permanent disabilities. Accommodations and services are based on the individual student's disability-based need. Students must provide current documentation of their disabilities. Students should contact the office early so that necessary accommodations can be arranged.

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OFFICE • 128 Johnston Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-1188
FAX • 225-578-4820

The First Year Experience (FYE) facilitates the creation of a culture which is student centered and provides a guide to academic success at LSU. The initiatives inform students of the University's academic expectations and provide resources to facilitate an enriching educational experience. FYE strategically connects students to resources available for success. Offerings include a comprehensive orientation program, academic support, campus involvement, community engagement, and experiential learning. A student's engagement with each of these areas positively impacts retention and graduation.

Orientation - New student orientation is the University's welcome program for all incoming students. Students have the opportunity to learn more about LSU, take advanced standing exams, and schedule classes. Orientation programs set the tone for success during the first year as well as the future.

STRIPES - S.T.R.I.P.E.S. - The S.T.R.I.P.E.S. (Student Tigers Rallying, Interacting, and Promoting Education and Service) is a four-day retreat designed to prepare first year students for the transition to LSU. Key components of the program include sections on college readiness, history and traditions, campus involvement, relationship building, and student resources.

Bengal Bound - Bengal Bound is the University’s official welcome week. The programs and activities are designed to ease the transition and allow students to feel settled before the first day of classes. The Bengal Bound Web site provides valuable information on the many campus resources available.

LSU Ambassadors - The LSU Ambassadors are a distinctive organization of student leaders selected to support the University's orientation and recruitment programs, encourage pride and spirit in the LSU community, and provide diligent service to the LSU campus. Ambassadors are available to assist their fellow students throughout their time spent under LSU's oaks and arches B from orientation to graduation.

Parent & Family Programs - Parent & Family Programs coordinates the family orientation programs that coincide with new student orientation and offers ongoing outreach and education to foster a stronger connection between families of current students and the University community.

LSU Family Association - The LSU Family Association serves the parents and families of current students through special events, newsletters, and opportunities to partner with the University in enhancing students’ educational experiences. There is a one-time membership fee.

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472 LSU Student Union
TELEPHONE • 225-578-2171
FAX • 225-578-2450

Greek Life provides support for individuals and organizations that comprise the fraternal community at LSU. Greek Life staff members develop, implement, and coordinate programs and services that address member education, personal development, academic success, philanthropic activities, leadership development, and social activities. For a current list of fraternity and sorority chapters, please visit Specific questions or inquiries can be addressed to

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Three of the most prestigious University honor societies are Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi. Other honor societies are listed at the Campus Life Web site

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Gourrier Avenue
Phone: 225-578-7882
FAX: 225-578-7562

The LSU Child Care Center has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and offers a high quality child care program to students, staff, and faculty. The center exceeds state and national standards that guide developmentally appropriate programs for young children.

Priority for eligibility is given according to the following guidelines:

  • Children of full-time students, staff, and faculty of LSU
  • Siblings of currently enrolled students
  • Children of those individuals with secondary affiliations to LSU (i.e. part-time students, part-time staff, and adjunct faculty, LSU alumni, grandchildren of LSU students, staff, or faculty, individuals working for the LSU system)
  • Children of the community, families who have no affiliation to LSU


The LSU Child Care Center is a 15,500 square foot one-story facility with separate spaces for 175 full-time children from different age groups ranging from six weeks old to five years old. The center includes 15 classrooms (based on Louis Torelli's pod design), parent and teacher resource center, multi-purpose room, kitchen, porches off of each classroom for play during rainy weather, and three fenced playground areas (75 square feet per child) with toys and play equipment for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.


The philosophy of LSU Child Care Center is one of freedom to learn, grow, and make choices through both structured and unstructured activities. All activities are intentionally planned to help children grow and develop physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively. The learning atmosphere is one of acceptance, mutual respect, pleasure, fairness, consistency, clear limits and expectations, and encouragement. The predictable, organized environment, with caring adults, clear expectations, and appropriate consequences is designed to support the whole child. Teachers are flexible and allow the children freedom to learn at their own pace.

Families are an integral part of the LSU Child Care Center program. Support, encouragement, and assistance are provided to ensure personal and professional success for parents. Communication with the child's family is established to share day-to-day happenings and gain new insights about the family's beliefs and concerns regarding the child's well-being.

Infant/Toddler Program

A complete developmental program for infant/toddlers provides caring and individualized human interaction through activities that promote language, movement, and self-awareness. Daily lesson plans are based on each individual child's needs.

Preschool Program

The preschool program provides learning activities through play, the child's natural path to learning. Daily lesson plans respond to the child's individual needs and provide activities to enhance a child's development in the four developmental domains: cognitive, socioemotional, physical, and language. The Center uses the standards and goals defined by the Louisiana Department of Education as measures for developmental and academic success for kindergarten readiness.

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OFFICE • 400 LSU Student Union Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-5124
INFO CENTER • 225-578-5141
FAX • 225-578-4329

The LSU Student Union, located in the heart of the campus, serves as LSU's community center by providing facilities, services, and programs for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University. The Union is supported by student fees and by a variety of retail and service enterprises located in the building. Students are automatically members of the Union through their student fees. Faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University may become members by paying an annual fee.

The Union is the site for a wide range of programs and events designed to appeal to all segments of the University community. Programs include lectures, performing arts, visual arts, films, concerts, comedians, and a large number of noncredit leisure classes. Information on programs, student committees, and student leadership opportunities in the Union are available in the Campus Life office, 358 Student Union, 225-578-5118, and on the Campus Life Web site.

The Union provides a variety of facilities, services, and conveniences to meet the needs of the campus community. The LSU Bookstore offers textbooks, trade books, LSU Tigerwear, gifts, and merchandise, and eCommons, a "literary café" featuring Starbucks coffee. LSU Dining offers the Tiger Lair food court, the Magnolia Room restaurant, Einstein Bros. Bagels (opening 2009), and a McDonald's restaurant. LSU Catering offers a full line of catered services for banquets and luncheons.

Banking machines (ATMs) are located on the first floor. Campus Federal Credit Union, which offers student accounts, has a branch located on the ground floor of the Union. Also located on the ground floor are the Barbershop, Cox Communications, walk-up e-mail terminals, and a billiards room. The Post Office is temporarily located across the street on the east side of the Faculty Club.

On the main floor, patrons will find the Art Gallery, which offers a variety of local and national exhibits year round. The Information Center provides patrons with candy, a copy shop, and sundry items. The Union Theater (closed for renovation in 2009-10) is host to the School of Music concerts, Broadway shows, dance performances, and many performing arts events throughout the year. The Box Office sells tickets for Reilly and Union Theater events. The University's ID card operation and the TigerCASH debit card services are located in the Tiger Card Office. The front lounge overlooks a beautiful view of oak trees and the LSU Parade Ground, while the center lounge rests beneath the Union's skylights. A new lounge on the first floor provides a view of the Memorial Oak Grove.

In the new addition on the third floor, customers will find the Student Technology Learning Center where students will find a computer lab and Internet connections. The Event Management Office, located in room 400, processes more than 6,000 reservation requests annually for Union facilities and campus grounds. Information on student job opportunities in the Union can also be found in 400 Student Union.

The Union is currently under renovation. Check the Union Web Site for updates on service hours and operations.

Tiger Card Office

OFFICE • 207 LSU Student Union
TELEPHONE • 225-578-4300
FAX • 225-578-4585

The Tiger Card Office provides the official LSU identification card, the debit card system TigerCASH, and voter registration services. New students are issued their first ID card at no cost. The ID card is the property of the University and must be retained for each subsequent term of enrollment. The card should be carried at all times and must be presented upon request of any University official. The card is non-transferable.

TigerCASH, a fee debit card service, provides a fast, safe, and convenient way to make purchases at various locations on and off campus. TigerCASH is accepted at all dining facilities as well as several merchants off campus. TigerCASH is the only way to copy and print documents on campus. It is accepted at vending machines and all laundry facilities. If your card is lost or stolen, a call to the Tiger Card Office will stop access to your account until you replace your card. With TigerCASH, there is no minimum deposit or semester fee and accounts roll over from semester to semester until the student graduates or resigns. As long as you have a positive balance in your TigerCASH account, you will enjoy convenient purchasing power both on campus and off campus. Visit the Tiger Card Office Web site for a detailed listing of locations that accept TigerCASH at Deposits can be made at the Tiger Card Office, online at our Web site, or at the new TigerCASH kiosk, located on the first floor of the LSU Student Union.

More information is available at the Tiger Card Office, 207 LSU Student Union, or by calling 225-578-4300. By using TigerCASH you are accepting the Terms of Agreement.

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OFFICE • 326 A LSU Union
TELEPHONE • 225-578-4339
FAX • 225-578-7135

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) seeks to create an environment at LSU that embraces individual difference, sustains inclusion, and cultivates a campus atmosphere that is free from bias. OMA strives to facilitate the academic excellence, personal growth, and social experiences of all students with specific commitments to students of color and other traditionally underrepresented groups. OMA provides a variety of programs and services that reflects the cultural diversity LSU has to offer.

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OFFICE • Public Safety Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-5000
FAX • 225-578-5588

LSU is committed to providing ample on-campus parking and transportation for all students, employees, and visitors. To legally park a vehicle on campus, faculty and students must register and obtain a permit from the Office of Parking, Traffic & Transportation. The Office of Parking, Traffic & Transportation also provides Campus Transit which is a safe and convenient method of on-campus transportation for students to move around campus after hours. The Office of Parking, Traffic & Transportation also partners to provide campus-wide bus service. The LSU Tiger Trails Transit System provides a safe, convenient, and free bus service for LSU students, faculty, staff, and visitors, both on and off campus.

For additional information, call 578-5000.

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OFFICE • Public Safety Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-3231
FAX • 225-578-1168

The University is dedicated to preserving a peaceful and safe environment for the entire University community. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are urged to be aware of and alert to the possible existence of criminal activity on campus and to report all crimes or suspicious activity to the University Police.

The University Police Department is staffed 24 hours a day. Police officers assigned to patrol areas throughout the cam-pus will respond promptly to any call and have the capacity to request municipal fire, EMS, or police support, as required. The department has 70 full-time officers and each has completed formal police training and is certified by the Police Officers Standards and Training Council. The department provides a full range of law enforcement services, including criminal investigations, emergency services, and crime prevention services, for a campus population larger than most cities in the state. Administrative responsibility for safety, security, and police service rests with the Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administrative Services through the Executive Director of Public Safety.

The University Right to Know/Campus Security Act report is available on the Internet at The Web page includes crime statistics, crime alerts, and security policies and procedures. A copy of the report may be obtained by contacting the Office of Public Safety or the University Police Department.

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OFFICE • 99 Grace King Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-8663
FAX • 225-578-5576

To make on-campus living an enriching experience, LSU students and staff have de-signed a residential life program to promote learning and personal growth. Residence halls and apartments provide a natural and convenient social setting for students. Residents are seldom more than a 10-minute walk from the library, classes, or campus activities.

One of the greatest advantages in living in residence halls is that the staff is available to assist students with concerns and questions. Studies show that campus residents maintain higher grade point averages than do off- campus students. The housing staff also provides informative programs related to safety, wellness, community service, and a variety of other topics. Many of these programs are led by faculty members.

Prospective students must first be admitted to the University before applying for on-campus housing. The Department of Residential Life begins accepting housing applications on the June 1 preceding the academic year they are applying for (example: students applying for housing for fall 2010 may submit their application beginning June 1, 2009).

If a student has not been admitted to the University first and submits a housing application/contract, Residential Life will return these items, including the deposit. A student may resubmit these items once he or she is admitted to the University. The application date for priority consideration is not established until the student has been admitted and has submitted an application for housing with the deposit. The housing application may be completed online or mailed.

Choices in Residential Living

LSU has 17 residence halls with architectural styles ranging from northern Italian Renaissance, typical of the older campus, to modern buildings. Also for single students there are 184 apartments in a complex called the East Campus Apartments (ECA) and 168 apartments in a complex called the West Campus Apartments (WCA). For married students, single parents, students 21 years or older, and post-doctoral students and research associates, there are 578 apartments in the Nicholson and Edward Gay Apartments.

Most residence halls have ground-floor reception areas and study rooms on each level. Entry to all halls is controlled by a security system that utilizes residents' LSU ID cards. Coin and card access laundry facilities are available. All halls and students can go online to monitor the status of their laundry as well as the availability of machines. Several halls are accessible for students with disabilities. East and West Campus Apartments rent by the individual room, are fully furnished, and have modern appliances including stove, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and clothes washer and dryer. Nicholson and Edward Gay Apartments rent by the whole apartment and are unfurnished except for stoves and refrigerators.

All the residence halls, ECA, WCA, and Edward Gay Apartments have wired Ethernet data connections and basic cable TV connections included in the rent. Additionally, wireless Internet connectivity is now provided in student rooms and common areas (lobbies, courtyards, study areas, kitchens, etc.) in all residence halls. There are computer labs with printers in 12 of the residence halls and WCA. Local phone service is no longer automatically provided in the residence halls, ECA, and WCA. Students can order local phone service online on their PAWS accounts and a monthly fee will be added to their student accounts. Local phone service is not provided in the Nicholson Apartments but is in the Edward Gay Apartments.

Students in residence halls may choose to have roommates or, if space is available, a private room. Living arrangements have been established with individual preferences for social and educational development in mind.

Residential Colleges

a stimulating living-learning environment through student interaction with faculty and other freshmen beyond the boundaries of the more traditional classroom setting. Students participating in the Residential Colleges reside in the same facility and must enroll in special sections of general academic courses taken with other Residential College students. This environment creates a close-knit academic community similar to the small college experience. With greater academic emphasis and faculty involvement, the Residential College atmosphere encourages studying, provides access to exceptional academic and social support, and makes it easy to establish new friendships. For more information regarding course requirements, visit the Residential Life Web site at

Agriculture Residential College - Incoming freshmen and sophomores in good standing admitted to the LSU College of Agriculture will have the opportunity to live in the Agriculture Residential College. This residential college will support students as they advance through LSU's agriculture program. Faculty involvement and research opportunities will strengthen each student's connection with the Agriculture College, the land-grant mission dating back to 1862, and the interdisciplinary educational experience that reflects the latest in science and technology. The Agriculture Residential College is housed in the newly renovated and expanded Blake Hall, overlooking Campus Lake.

Basic Sciences Residential College - Incoming freshmen who have declared a major in any basic science field (including biochemistry, biological sciences, microbiology, chemistry, computer science, geology, physics, and mathematics), have participated in an LSU summer workshop such as BIOS or Geology Field Camp, and have been placed into MATH 1022 or higher are eligible to live in the Basic Sciences Residential College. This living and learning approach to the first year experience will help empower the next generation of science professionals for success.

Business Residential College - Students in the Business Residential College have unique educational and professional development opportunities to acclimate to a business culture. This residential college is open to students admitted to LSU's E. J. Ourso College of Business. The Business Residential College is housed in West Hall, a state-of-the-art residence hall which opened in Spring 2008.

Engineering Residential College - Incoming freshmen who have declared a major in engineering and are placed into MATH 1022 or higher will have the opportunity to live in the Engineering Residential College. This residential college supports students as they advance through LSU's quality engineering program. Faculty involvement and research opportunities will strengthen each student's connection with the College of Engineering. The Engineering Residential College is housed in South Hall, A new state-of-the-art residence hall which opened in Spring 2008.

Mass Communication Residential College (open fall 2010) - The Mass Communication Residential College is specifically designed to offer an educational and social community for the next generation of journalism, public relations, advertising, and political communication professionals. The program will be open to first- and second-year students and any undergraduate international exchange students who are enrolled in the Manship School of Mass Communication. It will be housed in Jackson Hall.

Global Studies Residential College - The Global Studies Residential College is open to students in all majors and provides academic courses and practical experience that supplements the typical LSU curricula. The Global Studies program offers students contact with persons in various fields at LSU, in the community, and beyond who are engaged in global activities and/or language immersion groups, and is housed in LeJeune Hall.

Herget Residential College - Students participating in Herget Residential College take several core freshman courses together creating a "mini-campus" atmosphere in the halls. This program for non-honors students is designed to integrate learning with community living and provide students with greater opportunities to interact with faculty and specially selected upperclass students, and is housed in Herget Hall.

Information Technology Residential College - The Information Technology Residential College is a technology-based program for entering non-honors freshmen of all majors and interests, and is housed in Broussard Hall. Technology-savvy students will enjoy taking some college courses in Broussard Hall's smart classrooms with faculty members who utilize interactive, multimedia teaching methods and the wireless environment.

Freshman Interest Groups - Freshman Interest Groups (FIGs) are small groups of 20-50 students living together and engaging in linked courses, a community service project, faculty involvement, and several other activities in the designated themes. FIGs provide first-year students a way to make LSU feel smaller in a unique residential environment. The Adventure Leadership FIG is for students interested in leadership development and outdoor experiences or LSU's leadership minor, and it will be housed in Beauregard Hall. The Career Exploration FIG is for students who have not decided on a major or career plan and who are seeking additional support in making these important decisions. It will be housed in McVoy Hall. The Health Science FIG is for students interested in nursing and other Allied Health careers, and it will be housed in Annie Boyd Hall. The Women in Wellness FIG is for women interested in health and wellness, and it will be housed in Miller Hall. For more information regarding current FIGs, visit the Residential Life Web site at

Honors College Housing is for Honors College students in all majors and classifications and is housed in East Laville and Acadian Halls. High-achieving, creative, and motivated students help create a dynamic living and learning environment. West Laville Hall is presently being renovated and is scheduled to reopen for fall 2010. Upon completion, the Honors House will move from East Laville to West Laville Hall while East Laville undergoes a renovation.

Housing Applications for Residence Halls, East and West Campus Apartments

The Department of Residential Life accepts applications beginning June 1of the year prior to your fall semester enrollment. For example, for fall enrollment, we begin accepting applications June 1. Students may not apply for housing prior to being admitted to the University. An application for admission must be approved by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions before an application for housing can be submitted. If you are a new student, to increase your chances of assignment to the residence hall of your choice, we recommend that you apply for housing at least 11 months in advance. Housing is limited and full capacity is reached as early as May. For example, for fall 2009 applications, full capacity was reached and wait list applications were started on May 6, 2009. The East and West Campus Apartments are available to full-time, upper-class students only.

Applying to the Department of Residential Life is a three-step online process:

  1. Apply for admission (or be a current student).
  2. Upon admission, fill out the online housing application at
  3. Use a credit card to pay the $100 refundable deposit, $50 non-refundable application fee, and $5 non-refundable credit card processing fee ($155 total).

To get your housing assignment online, you must:

  1. Go to and click the PAWS icon at the top of the page.
  2. Click "Log in to PAWS" at the top of the page and enter the username and password that you received at the PAWS orientation session.
  3. Click "Student Services" on the left-side menu, and then select "Student Housing." This will take you to the Residential Life Web site.
  4. Click "View Application Status" to see your assignment for the fall semester.

Cancellation of an application/assignment must be submitted in writing to the Department of Residential Life. If the cancellation is received by June 1 for the fall semester, December 1 for the spring semester, or May 1 for the summer term, a processing fee will be deducted from the deposit, and the remainder will be refunded. If the cancellation is received after June 1 for fall, December 1 for spring, or May 1 for summer, or if the assignment is not claimed during registration, the entire deposit will be forfeited unless all requirements for evaluation of an application for admission have been met and admission has been denied.

The University reserves all rights in connection with assignment of rooms, inspection of rooms, termination, and occupancy of rooms. Reservations are not transferable. If the room is not occupied by the day before the first class day, the reservation is forfeited unless notification stating the time of late arrival has been received. Other terms of residence hall occupancy are provided in the housing contract. Room reservations in fraternity or sorority houses are limited to eligible members of those organizations and are made directly with the organization.

Residence Hall and East and West Campus Apartment Rates

LSU provides housing for approximately 5,000 students in air-conditioned residence halls and apartments. Rates are published on a semester basis. For a list of current rates, see the Residential Life Web site at A student living in a room that is not filled to normal capacity will be expected to pay an additional rental charge or to move to another room with a roommate at the same rental charge in the same residence hall. If rooms are available for single occupancy, the charge for single occupancy of a two-student room is 1.5 times the semester rate for full occupancy. Semester rental rates are subject to change at the beginning of a regular semester or summer term.

Residence hall rent is due by the dead-line established on the advanced fee bill. Additional information concerning residence hall accommodations may be obtained from the Department of Residential Life, 99 Grace King Hall, 225-578-8663 or on the Web site at

Nicholson and Edward Gay Apartments

The University has 578 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments that are available for families and for single, upperclass, full-time graduate students aged 21 or older, post-doctoral students, and research associates.

Additional information is available from the Department of Residential Life, 225-334-5198 or

Refund of Residence Hall Rent

Students contract for space in a residence hall or East and West Campus Apartments on an academic-year basis. The contract is effective on the date it is counter-signed by the student. Refund of room rent will be made according to the guidelines below. For further details, contact the Department of Residential Life, 99 Grace King Hall, 225-578-8663.

  • A student who moves from one room to another in a residence hall or from one residence hall to another will be refunded or charged the difference, if any, between the unused prorated portions of rent for the two spaces.
  • A student who moves out of a residence hall and resigns from the University will be responsible for 25 percent of the rent for the remainder of the contract for the space the student was occupying.
  • A student who moves out of a residence hall without resigning from the University will be responsible for 75 percent of the rent for the remainder of the contract for the least expensive space.
  • A student who moves out of a residence hall into a fraternity or sorority house before the close of business on the last day of the regular fall registration period will be refunded all of the unused portion of rent for the space he or she was occupying. If such a move is made after the last day of regular registration (the last day of fall registration, if on an "Academic-Year Rental Terms" agreement), the student will receive a refund as noted in the paragraph above.
  • A student who is required to move out of a residence hall as a result of disciplinary action will be responsible for 75 percent of the rent for the remainder of the contract for the least expensive space.

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OFFICE • Student Health Center Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-6271
FAX • 225-578-5655

The Student Health Center provides quality health care to LSU students. The center is fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). The center provides a variety of out-patient services including medical care, mental health services and health education. All visits and inquiries are confidential. The student health fee, paid by full-time students during registration, entitles students to many of the services of the Student Health Center at no additional charge. There are additional charges for lab, diagnostic imaging, medication, and medical procedures.

The Student Health Center Medical Clinic has five primary care clinicians, a nurse practitioner, two gynecologists, and a number of nurses. In addition, part-time specialty ser-vices are offered in orthopedics, dermatology, ear/nose/throat, and ophthalmology. A dental screening clinic is available, but no dental procedures are performed on the premises.

Mental Health Service provides crisis intervention and individual and group therapy. These services are rendered by mental health providers experienced in treating emotional problems and stresses experienced by University students.

The Student Health Center also has an extensive Wellness Education Department. Services include a resource room and an interactive Web page ( Individual appointments are available for consultations on nutrition and weight management; stress and time management; sexual and reproductive health; alcohol and other drug abuse; smoking cessation; sexual assault and violence; and many other areas of concern to University students. Educational programs for student organizations and residence halls, as well as guest lectures for undergraduate and graduate classes, are available upon request throughout the entire year. A departmental-sponsored peer education organization offers service learning and leadership development experiences.

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OFFICE • 39 Hodges Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-1697
FAX • 225-578-1698

The Office of Student Media oversees the operation of KLSU-FM, the Gumbo year-book, the Legacy magazine, The Daily Reveille, and TIGER-TV, and an advertising and marketing division. These provide information and entertainment to students, faculty, and staff while providing training for students interested in all areas of publishing and broadcasting. All the units in Student Media are nationally recognized within their fields.

The Daily Reveille, the University's student-edited newspaper, is published Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters and on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer term. The student written and produced yearbook, the Gumbo, is distributed during the fall semester. Students also edit and publish the LSU student magazine, Legacy, which is distributed on campus four times each year. KLSU-FM is a 5,000-watt educational FM station operated by students 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Tiger TV produces a variety of television programming for the LSU Campus Cable System.

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OFFICE • 240 Copy & Mail Center
TELEPHONE • 225-578-5208
FAX • 225-578-5814

University Auxiliary Services manages student service-related contracts including LSU Bookstore; LSU Dining; LSU Vending; LSU Laundry; LSU Tiger Card Office and TigerCASH program; ATMs; and LSU partnerships with Cox, Verizon, AT&T, and Campus Federal Credit Union. Please refer to our Web site,, for more information.

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OFFICE • 102 Student Recreation Complex
TELEPHONE • 225-578-8601
FAX • 225-578-8489

The Department of University Recreation provides a variety of recreational activities to meet the diverse needs and interests of the University community. A multifaceted recreational program is offered that includes aquatics, informal recreation, healthy lifestyle programs, intramural sports, adventure recreation, sport clubs, and special event activities.

University Recreation includes the following facilities:

  • The Student Recreation Complex (SRC) is a 121,000 square foot facility located at the corner of South Campus Drive and Minnie Fisk Drive, that houses courts for racquetball, basketball, volleyball, and badminton, an indoor track, a climbing gym, equipment/bike rental, an inclusive weight/cardio/fitness room, and an indoor pool.
  • The SRC Outdoor Field Complex, which is located adjacent to the SRC, consists of tennis courts, multipurpose fields, and sand volleyball courts.
  • The Sport and Adventure Complex (SAC), which is located on the corner of Gourrier Lane and River Road, features three multipurpose sport fields and a challenge course.

University Recreation features programming and services in the following areas:

  • The healthy lifestyle program includes group exercise classes, personal and swim training, and specialty courses. Group classes provide cardiovascular, resistance training, and flexibility activities in a fun and motivating group setting. Many class formats are offered throughout each semester and range from beginning to advanced levels. All classes are led by certified group exercise instructors. The personal training program provides nationally certified personal trainers who will help individuals reshape their physique, increase strength, or lose weight with a customized program. Sessions are available for individual or pairs personal training and include fitness testing and evaluation. Specialty courses provide opportunities for individuals interested in learning new skills and participating in activities that will provide a lifetime of enjoyment. Taught by qualified instructors, classes are non credit and include activities such as capoeira, intermediate ballet, yoga, and American Red Cross classes.
  • The intramural sports program offers team sports and individual events for men's, women's, co-rec, faculty/staff, and open divisions throughout the year. Some of these activities are flag football, basketball, softball, volleyball, racquetball, tennis, and dodgeball.
  • The adventure recreation program provides an opportunity for the University community to develop an understanding and appreciation for the outdoors. The program features a 24-foot portable climbing wall and an indoor climbing gym. Climbers of all levels will have the opportunity to hone their skills, as well as learn the basics of rock climbing. The program also features a challenge course, which provides facilitation of team building and leadership activities. Comprised of a low and high course, participants utilize their physical and emotional strengths to reach individual and group goals. Outdoor equipment rentals are also offered, including bikes, canoes, kayaks, tents, sleeping bags, and more.
  • Each year, UREC hosts a variety of special events which are designed to serve particular recreational interests and needs. Programs vary in structure and include organized events such as the 3K Ghost Chase Run and Adventure Race.
  • The sport clubs program provides opportunities for exercise, recreational and social fellowship, on- and off-campus competition, and learning new skills while improving existing ones. Some of the active clubs include rugby, soccer, equestrian, ultimate frisbee, lacrosse, tae kwon do, karate and powerlifting.

For additional information, contact the Department of University Recreation at 578-4601 or

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Athletic Department

OFFICE • Athletic Administration Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-8001
FAX • 225-578-2430

Athletic facilities include Tiger Stadium, with a seating capacity of 92,400; four lighted football practice fields; an indoor football practice facility; a lighted metric track; Bernie Moore Stadium, with a Rekortan surface and seating accommodations for 5,680; Alex Box Stadium, with seating for 9,200; and six lighted tennis courts with an elevated grandstand.

The LSU Natatorium provides an eight-lane Olympic-size indoor pool and diving well. The Maravich Assembly Center, a multipurpose facility, seats 13,472 and is the home court for the men's and women's basketball teams, women's gymnastics, and women's volleyball. The Carl Maddox Field House provides a 220-meter track facility; a gymnastics practice room; three regulation handball courts; and a large, unobstructed, air-conditioned playing area for basketball, volleyball, indoor tennis, badminton, and other activities. It is available as a competitive indoor track facility and serves as a practice area for track and tennis teams. It is also used for teaching, organized recreational activity, and leisure-time activity for the University community.

Tiger Park, home to the LSU softball team, seats over 1,100 fans, and the LSU Soccer Complex accommodates more than 1,500 fans.

LSU has hosted the NCAA Track and Field Championships four times, most recently in May 2002. The NCAA baseball regional tournament has been played 16 times at Alex Box Stadium. In addition, the basketball NCAA Mideast Regionals, first/second rounds, and SEC tournaments have been played in the Maravich Assembly Center.

Faculty Club

LOCATION • Highland Road
TELEPHONE • 225-578-2356
FAX • 225-578-2244

The Faculty Club is the hospitality center for the campus. The Faculty Club may be used by the University community and is open to the general public for certain events. All full-time LSU faculty, administrative and research staff members, and PhD candidates who are teaching assistants are eligible to join Faculty Club, Inc., a private organization. Members have opportunities to meet and work with a cross-section of the campus community through participation in a variety of activities such as pre-football game buffets, family activities, dances, open houses, and other functions.

Annual membership dues allow the Faculty Club, Inc., Board of Governors to offer these events at a moderate cost.

The dining room is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, serving a full á la carte menu. Conference rooms are available for meetings and luncheons during regular club hours. The club is also open for special events by reservation. Guest rooms are available for overnight accommodations for parents of students, visitors to University departments, and the public.

The Faculty Club accepts cash, Points, TigerCASH, American Express, VISA, and MasterCard.

U. S. Post Office

OFFICE • 111 LSU Student Union
TELEPHONE • 800-ASK-USPS (800-275-8777)

University Station, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803-9998 is a federal government post office located in the LSU Union Building. Mail service is provided to students and faculty members who are post office box holders or who receive mail through University departments. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and closed on weekends and federal holidays. The win-dow hours are adjusted during the holiday season and between semesters. The lobby, however, remains open when the office is closed so that mail may be picked up from post office boxes.

A post office box may be rented for the year or for six months. Post office boxes may be shared only with spouses, brothers, and/or sisters having the same last name. Rental fee information may be obtained by writing to: Manager, University Station, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803. General delivery service is not available. Please note that the 70893 zip code is for post office boxes 16000-19999 and 70894 is for post office boxes 20000-55000. All other department mail should carry the 70803 zip code.

All mail, including "Special Delivery," "Express Mail," and parcels must be addressed to the student's box number since the University does not provide mail service to residence halls. Delivery service to the University-owned apartment complexes on Nicholson Drive and West Roosevelt Street is provided by the Main Post Office, 750 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802.

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